Is it just me or are seagulls a bit scary? They look sinister (always frowning!) and they sound even sinister-er…er. Apparently most of them are ground-nesting carnivores and will take live food or scavenge whenever they get the chance. They’ll snatch an ice cream cone right out of your hand and who’s to say they wouldn’t snatch your child too?!
Gulls have prophylactic un-hinging jaws which allow them to consume large prey. Yes, could definitely manage a small child. They can display mobbing behaviour; attacking and harassing would-be predators and other intruders. Certain species have exhibited tool-use behaviour, using pieces of bread as bait with which to catch fish, for example.
They are ‘klepto-parasites’ which means they get their food by stealing it from others. That’s a name worthy of a Doctor Who nasty for sure; Invasion of the Kleptoparasites? …it will happen. Gulls have been observed preying on live whales, landing on the whale as it surfaces to peck out pieces of flesh. In their favour you could say that gulls are resourceful, inquisitive and intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. On the other hand… have you noticed how, whenever you look at one, it’s always looking straight back at you? Be afraid.